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R| 1 hr. 24 min.

Plot Summary
Elling (Per Christian Ellefsen), a sensitive, mentally disabled man, must move to a psychiatric institution when his mother, who has taken care of him for 40 years, dies. There, he meets Kjell (Sven Nordin), and the pair become friends. After two years, Elling and Kjell are allowed to leave the institution and live in an apartment in Oslo, Norway. At first, even the simplest tasks of independent life prove challenging, but soon the roommates begin to blossom in their own unique way.

Cast: Per Christian Ellefsen , Sven Nordin , Per Christensen , Jørgen Langhelle , Marit Pia Jacobsen , Hilde Olausson , Ola Otnes ,

Director: Petter Næss

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: First Look

Elling (2001)

Release Date: May 29th, 2002|1 hr. 24 min.

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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A charming 2001 Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A sweet but unsticky comedy from Norway that was one of the five foreign- language nominees at this year's Academy Awards. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    There is a little of all of us in their awkwardness, fears and neuroses, and we root for their success in the mundane as if they were ascending Everest. Elling is still in the running for 2002's most uplifting movie. show more

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